Saturday, February 26, 2011

Opening Night Success

A very full and enthusiastic house turned the world premiere into a wild success. Technically, everything went off without a hitch. I was impressed with the great picture and sound quality; the new Optoma HD20 DLP projector delivered in spades! It was great to see so many new faces and reconnect with those who I have come to know over the years through various film projects and paratheatre labs.

An ecstatic night!

Last night also launched the film's west coast tour which moves across the bay to San Francisco in March, San Jose and L.A. (April) and then up to Sacramento, Portland, Seattle (May) and points in between. The tour and screening schedule is now posted at:

Over the next several months during the tour, I will be taking notes and scripting the screenplay for my next film based on a short story by Swedish writer Carl Abrahamsson (that I recently obtained the rights to use). Compared to all the twists and turns of the more complex "FALLING UPWARDS", this will be a much smaller, simpler and more personal film. I hope to cast it in early summer and shoot it in late summer.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


The world premiere of "TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS" has been scheduled for Friday February 25th at 8pm, THE HUMANIST HALL, 390 27th Street (near Broadway) in Oakland. Admission is $10. Filmmaker and cast in person.

details at:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

the final stages of post-production

The final stage of editing will occur over the next two weekends as I travel to San Jose to assist my online editor, Chris Odell, with all the transitions, audio balancing, color corrections and inserts of voice-overs, sounds, and music. We are, miraculously, on schedule for a cast and crew preview screening sometime in the last two weeks of January. This private screening will also serve to test the movie for projection and audio quality in case any further corrections are needed before going public with the film.

The running time will be somewhere between 2:10 and 2:20 -- clearly the longest film I have made. And this comes after dropping four entire scenes and many other moments. Yet this story demands as much time for its twists and turns to do their thing and for the ending to make sense in its own wicked way. With a cast of twenty and a crew of twice that many, this is also my most populated film to date. After this project is over, I see only one way to go and that is down down down. As much I am enthralled by working with large casts, I look forward to returning to a much more intimate setting such as I knew in my 2002 film, HYSTERIA.

Soon I will be scouting venues to premiere "TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS" and possibly a May/June west coast tour through Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Nevada City, the SF Bay area and beyond.